Male Call

Good news for guys and gals still struggling to identify the differences between the sexes: There's another source of edification besides the endearing kid from Kindergarten Cop who correctly matches the genitalia to the gender. Opening next week at downtown's Herberger Theater, Robert Dubac's The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron? offers a humorous look into the slovenly psyche of the typical male in hot pursuit of, uh, a deeper appreciation of the fairer sex.

"It's a guy's attempt . . . to figure out what women want," Dubac says. The man behind the 90-minute play (apparently, it doesn't take long to explain the male intellect) also portrays the main character, Bobby, and all of his alter egos.

The story goes like this: Boy meets girl, boy and girl decide to marry, girl dumps boy, girl gives boy two weeks to figure out why and make the necessary changes. Boy then waits until the final hour and a half to bother contemplating the situation. Boy accomplishes required self-assessment by confronting five male stereotypes -- known as "The Chauvinists" -- all within the confines of the right and left hemispheres of his brain. The left side, the masculine territory, is "filled with empty beer bottles and bad furniture," while the right (and seldom-visited) feminine terrain is home to the "voice of reason," played by Dubac's real-life wife.

Dubac suggests that couples attend the play, because it could prompt deep and meaningful conversation -- or just make folks laugh their asses off. And though the title suggests otherwise, Dubac promises there is no male bashing. He adds that he might have called the show Female Logic: An Oxymoron? but feared being picketed. At any rate, Dubac claims to offer insight, but isn't giving it away for free.

"[Bobby] does accomplish this task . . . but you'll have to see the show."

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C. Murphy Hebert